These steins are different from the very traditional Westerwald beer vessels - they did not use cobalt-based glaze so the steins keep natural clay color. In Germany, they call them "Model" steins referring to the method of manufacturing. These steins were press-molded to a wooden form, they were turned afterward to make the insides round, then they were fired and the salt was applied to create the very solid surface. The stein is circa the 1870s. The relief decor on the front of the stein shows King Ga mbrinus - the legendary inventor of hopped malt beer.
It was a very common subject for Regensburg steins - a massive figure of the King sitting on a beer barrel and saluting with a stein. The sides of the stein are decorated with hops vines. The lid is pewter with 5-ring closed-type hing and the thumblift sitting on the lid - all typical for the 1870s.There is a porcelain inlay in the lid with hand-painted words: "Zum Andenken" - "For the memory". The stein is in excellent condition - a rare thing for a stein this old. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. There are some manufacturing impurities, but they all are part of the manual manufacturing process. Remember, the Regensburg steins of the 1860s - 1870s were not industrialized ware, there were made by hand in small shops. The manufacturing glitches only make these pieces even more interesting. Large and impressive antique beer vessel with about 150 years of history behind it. It is 9.75 tall to the top of the thumblift, over 1L capacity.
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